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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Five MLS sides begin their Champions League runs this week, while the rest wrap up their preseasons.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Chicago Fire Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

The Concacaf Champions League is about to get underway here as five MLS sides will begin their journeys this week. FC Dallas on the other hand is in Florida, getting set to have a couple more friendlies in this preseason.

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2020 FC Dallas preseason: Winners and losers - Big D Soccer
As FC Dallas heads to Florida, we have a decent idea of who has been winning this preseason and who is coming up short.

FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates Report: Pablo Aranguiz leads La U to victory - Big D Soccer
Aranguiz continues to do well in South America, while a few other loanees make their debuts this preseason.

Beyond the 90: Celebrating 25 Seasons at FC Dallas | FC Dallas
It is kind of crazy that 25 years later, we're discussing another home opener.

ACADEMY: Weekend Recap and Results from February 15th | FC Dallas
While the academy girls teams dominated last weekend, the boys struggled a bit on the U17 side down in Houston. Which typing that just felt weird...we're not used to seeing the U17s at any stage struggle.

2020 Season Preview: FC Dallas |
MLS has their season previews out for every club and here is a good look at FCD from them.

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2020 MLS Season Preview |
Here are all the season previews from the league's website. Do enjoy Marcelo Balboa's predictions for each team, seriously, they are a gas.

Armchair Analyst: MLS in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League — who is best-equipped to win it all? |
Seattle looks to have the best chances on paper at a deep run, while LAFC has a tough bracket to deal with.

Rodolfo Pizarro's transfer to Inter Miami CF is a big deal for MLS and Liga MX | Cesar Hernandez |
Rodolfo Pizarro is an elite playmaker whose transfer to Inter Miami shows any Liga MX player is now attainable for MLS clubs.

Report: Inter Miami CF midfielder Lee Nguyen linked with move to Vietnamese club |
The Dallas-native could be going back to Asian if these reports are true.

Paul Arriola’s injury is a reminder that D.C. United needs more players - Black And Red United
DC learned that Arriola has an ACL injury, which means he'll be out for a long stretch here in 2020.

Five reasons why MLS can finally break Liga MX dominance | ESPNFC
MLS teams certainly have some equal talent but do they have the depths to make it happen? Time will tell but this year does feel...different.

Built with the CONCACAF Champions League in mind, LAFC targets continental success that has eluded MLS clubs – The Athletic (Paywall)
Ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League opener, LAFC feels it is well placed to represent MLS well in the competition.

‘I’m coming here first of all to try to win a trophy’: Ronny Deila on taking charge at NYCFC and what he learned at Celtic – The Athletic (Paywall)
The new head coach has promised to strip off if he can deliver NYCFC's first trophy.

Familiar expectations for MLS in the Champions League | US Soccer Players
It's the same old problem for MLS in the 2020 edition, playing games that count before the start of Major League Soccer's regular season.

The Atlanta United-F.C. Motagua preview: Concacaf Champions League kicks off Season 4 - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta has some injury issues to deal with in Honduras but their opening leg is all about getting a positive result.